Pegasus Global Holdings, LLC, a private international technology development firm, is creating CITE to be the largest scale testing and evaluation center in the world. This metropolis is going to be a test field for emerging technologies in the fields of urban development like sophisticated transportation systems or smart power grids. The city will be a ghost town, du to the fact of no inhabitants but robots instead.
Opening is planned for 2015 with a seize of 20 square miles, which is comparable to a mid-seized American city. As the Urban Times states, it will feature “housing and infrastructure to accommodate 35,000 people, the $1 billion plan features both old and new elements of urban and suburban design, from LEED-certified office buildings to 1980s-era ‘McMansions’.”
This project seems to be an interesting one but critics say that it is not possible to innovate and improve technology when there is no connection to humans.
TED fellow and green architect Rachel Armstrong is sceptical. “You can innovate”, she says. “But only in a human context.”
I would say in this special case it is very possible. We know very much about cities already at the moment and trying to collect even more data like the flow of traffic, the usage of energies or the communication behaviors of inhabitants. I guess that all this collected data is going to incorporate with the simulation. It is very possible to create little images of reality for special fields of researches within this ghost town. You don’t need humans while inventing smart grids, when you can simulate mass behavior and energy consumption of city inhabitants. Finally, this project is a very interesting one and me is looking forward to see things getting real.
Urban Times - The World’s first City for Robots
CITE - Center for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation
New Mexico Business Weekly - Some doubt Pegasus Global Holding’s plans for high tech city